From Britannica online, giving a definition and general history of the virus.
From The John Locke Foundation and Carolina Journal regarding the virus’s effect on NC
SARS, in full severe acute respiratory syndrome, highly contagious respiratory illness characterized by a persistent fever, headache, and bodily discomfort, followed by a dry cough that may progress to great difficulty in breathing. SARS appeared in November 2002 in Guangdong province, China, where it was first diagnosed as an atypical pneumonia. . . . SARS is caused by a coronavirus, a type of virus usually associated with pneumonia and the common cold. Read the entire article from Britannica online here.
Articles from both publications regarding Covid-19 are linked below.
John Locke Foundation CEO Amy Cooke submits the following:
From health care workers to wait staff, from ride-share drivers to truck drivers, North Carolinians, like the rest of the country, are in for a rough few weeks, possibly even a rough few months or more. Read the article here.
The Finances of Coronavirus
The Coronavirus is a serious public health issue, but it is also a serious financial affair. As more states declare a “state of emergency” and the governments flood their treasuries with emergency mitigation funds, this has quickly become a multibillion-dollar affair. JLF’s Joe Coletti broke down some of the numbers in his most recent research brief. Coletti writes: read the entire article here.
Estimating the Impact of Covid-19 On State Spending
Families, employers, universities, health care providers, insurance companies, health care companies across North Carolina and the rest of the country, and governments at all levels are responding to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) with preparation and precautions. Here in North Carolina, Gov. Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency to help with the response. … See the rest of the article here.
NC Temporarily Lifts Restrictions on Hospital Beds
The threat of a coronavirus outbreak has pushed North Carolina into waiving state caps on hospital beds. Read more.
Another Cruel Coronovirus Slap for Greensboro
I realize cities all around our great country are suffering economic hardship due to coronavirus cancellations, but it seems like my adopted hometown of Greensboro has been hit especially hard. Maybe I’m just being self-centered. Greensboro
The John Locke Foundation was created in 1990 as an independent, nonprofit think tank that would work “for truth, for freedom, for the future of North Carolina.” The Foundation is named for John Locke (1632-1704), an English philosopher whose writings inspired Thomas Jefferson and the other Founders. It is a 501(c)(3) research institute and is funded by thousands of individuals, foundations and corporations. The Foundation does not accept government funds or contributions to influence its work or the outcomes of its research. Find the homepage here.
The John Locke Foundation is linked to the Carolina Journal.
Carolina Journal is a pioneer in nonprofit journalism, having published thousands of articles on politics, education, health care, regulations, crime, taxes, and other issues since its founding in 1991. CJ, with a statewide print circulation of more than 40,000, covers state government and the General Assembly, including not only news and investigative stories but also commentary and analysis. Find the homepage here.
The Democratic and GOP caucus systems in Iowa are different. In the Democratic caucus system, registered voters don’t just go to their designated polling place and, well, vote. Instead, they attend public meetings, usually held in school gyms, churches and public libraries, and even restaurants and fire stations, to choose their presidential nominee by standing in a section of the room devoted to their candidate. If a preference group doesn’t get enough people to be considered “viable,” (usually 15 percent of attendees), caucus-goers can join another group, or try to convince people to join their group, in order to reach the 15 percent goal. Delegates are awarded to the final viable preference groups based on their sizes.
For the 2020 Iowa caucus, the Iowa Democratic Party (IDP) made the most historic changes to the process since it was first established in 1972. For the first time, registered Iowa Democrats will be able to participate through six “virtual caucuses” via phone or smart device. They will rank up to five choices for president and the total result of the six virtual caucuses will account for 10 percent of Iowa’s caucus delegates.
“The Iowa Democratic Party has always sought ways to improve our caucus process, and today, we are setting the stage for the 2020 Iowa caucuses to be the most accessible, transparent, and successful caucuses in our party’s history,” Iowa Democratic Party Chair Troy Price said in a press statement. “While we will always continue to improve the caucus process, I am confident that with these historic changes, we are giving more Iowans a way to participate in the caucuses, we are increasing transparency and trust, and we are streamlining our process.”
The GOP caucus process in Iowa is much simpler. Caucus-goers simply cast a vote for their candidate for president and the delegates are divide proportionally at the Republican National Convention.